BA Major in Early Childhood Education

B.A., Major in Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education program of study at Southwestern College combines early childhood education and early childhood special education into one license for birth through age eight (third grade).

General requirements

The education program requires 33 semester hours of general education courses for teacher certification in addition to major requirements.

Major requirements*

  • EDUC150 Introduction to Education (Traditional 4-year student) (2 hours)
  • EDUC215 Foundations of Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC216 Diversity Field Experience (1 hour)
  • EDUC220 Educational Technology (3 hours)
  • EDUC280 The Other Literacies (3 hours)
  • EDUC312 Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education (4 hours)
  • EDUC318 Numbers, Computation, and Mathematical Processes (3 hours)
  • EDUC322 Educational Psychology (4 hours)**
  • EDUC323 Introduction to Exceptionalities (4 hours)**
  • EDUC325 Methods for Teaching Motor Development, Expressive Arts, Social Studies (3 hours)
  • EDUC329 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature (2 hours)
  • EDUC335 Infant Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC336 Introduction to the Reading Process (3 hours)
  • EDUC337 Science in the Elementary School (3 hours)
  • EDUC338 Math in the Elementary School (3 hours)
  • EDUC340 Assessment Strategies in Inclusive Early Childhood (4 hours)
  • EDUC343 Home, School, and Community (3 hours)
  • EDUC349 Reading in the Elementary School (4 hours)
  • EDUC420 Oral Language Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC425 Administration, Guidance, and Behavior (3 hours)
  • EDUC432 Technology in Special Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC436 Early Childhood Methods and Management (4 hours)**
  • EDUC440 Student Teaching Seminar (1 hour)**
  • EDUC446 Observation and Supervised Teaching in Early Childhood Programs (12 hours)**

**Taken only after formal admittance to the Teacher Education Program.

Cognate requirement

  • MATH215 Introduction to Statistics and Probability (3 hours)
  • PSYC112 General Psychology (3 hours) with grade of “C” or better.
  • PSYC218 Child Psychology (3 hours) with grade of “C” or better

*2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Career Opportunities with a degree in Early Childhood

little buildersThe Early Childhood program of study combines early childhood education and early childhood special education into one license birth through age 8. Early Childhood pre-service teachers have experiences with all ages of children. During the student teaching experience, placement occurs at two grade levels. Southwestern College has an on-campus pre-school which provides observation and innovative teaching practice. Southwestern College also partners with several special education programs in the country such as PALS (Preschool and Language Stimulation), REACH program, and other early child care centers.  Students in the program are also provided opportunities to gain clinical experiences working at other elementary schools in Cowley County. Our program also provides some connection with child care centers, and public schools in China.

A few of the career paths available after graduation are:

  • Licensed Preschool-Kindergarten teacher in public school settings
  • Licensed first grade-third grades teacher in public school settings
  • Licensed special education teachers working with children birth to eight-years old
  • Homecare provider
  • Early interventionist
  • Travel, study and/or work in public schools, orphanages or other child care settings in China with specially chosen mentors
  • Be a global educator for the twenty-first century


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